NCW officials mulling future of former high school building

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 6:00 am | Updated: 6:34 am, Fri Sep 6, 2019.

HALSTAD, Minn. – The Norman County West School Board will hold a work session Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Hendrum to map out plans for its former high school building in Halstad.

Superintendent Jim Hess said the rural Minnesota district spent between $5,000 and $6,000 a month last winter to heat the former school building.

Those expenses, combined with the costs of a custodian and other utility bills, prompted school officials to zero in on a long-term plan for the facility.

“One of the drawbacks of having an older heating system is that you can’t really close off part of it and not use that area of the school,” Hess said Tuesday.

School board members voted to close the high school last year – allowing students to enroll in nearby Ada-Borup – but kept open the district’s K-5 elementary school in Hendrum.

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